ATLANTA -- The ex-girlfriend of former Atlanta Falcon linebacker Prince Shembo said she believes he planned to kill her dog. The part-time student, model and actress spoke for the first time Monday about what happened to her pet Yorkie.
Shembo was arrested last week and charged in connection with the beating death of her dog Dior. Denicia Williams said after leaving Dior with Shembo while she went into another room, she came back to find her dog close to death. "I saw him laying in the cage with his eyes open and he was breathing but, (there was) no response from him," she told 11Alive News.
Williams said she first defended Shembo but she eventually confronted him when his explanation didn't make sense. "And he goes, 'What if I told you that I did hurt Dior?", she said. "And I was like, 'What did you do?' He said, 'I kicked him.' And I was like, once? And he said no."
Williams disputes what Shembo is telling his lawyer about what happened. Last Friday, when Shembo turned himself in to the Gwinnett County Jail to face an Aggravated Cruelty to Animals charge, attorney Jerry Froelich said it was an accident. Froelich said Shembo told him the dog bit him, and he kicked the dog once as a reflex.
"If he did bite him, why didn't he tell me that when he confessed?" Williams said. "Why didn't he say, 'Dior bit me and I reflexed by kicking him, and I'm sorry?'"
Williams said she thinks Shembo beat her dog and planned it because he was jealous. "He said you were spending too much time with him and I felt second to him," she said.
According to a necropsy Dior had significant internal injuries and the cause of death was Blunt Force Trauma. The dog had a fractured rib, fractured liver, abdominal hemorrhage, thoracic hemorrhage, extensive bruising/hemorrhage in muscles in front leg and shoulders, head trauma, hemorrhage and edema in lungs, hemorrhage between esophagus and trachea, and hemorrhage in the left eye with internal injuries.
Williams has hired an attorney and has filed a civil lawsuit against Shembo. "This is really a matter of principle," said attorney William Cromwell. "We've sued for attorney's fees, punitive damages and we talked about the money going to a foundation."
Shembo's attorney Jerry Froelich, said in a statement "He was not jealous of any dog. What caused the dog's injuries was that the dog bit him."
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